Operation Christmas Child
Do you look at small toys and try to guess whether they would fit in a shoe box? Then you have been stricken by the “Operation Christmas Child” bug! It shows it’s loving face this time of year and has been rampant in our church.
Please pick up your box on your way out of church today and start filling it for a child in an impoverished country. It will cure this bug and ensure that you have shared God’s love around the world this Christmas! The boxes are due back November 12th. Finally there is a bug that is a blessing to share! (New in 2017: Candy and toothpaste can not be included in the boxes due to Customs restrictions.)
Sunday School Mission Project
Our Sunday School Department is sponsoring two children through World Vision, by way of a special offering that is being taken up in each Sunday School class (children's and Adult classes) every Sunday.
The two children are: Joman, a boy from the Philippines, who is 13, and Rihana, a girl from Albania, who is 6 years old.
Both Joman and Rihana live in an area where online photos and videos are restricted.
Some countries where World Vision works have child safety and privacy restrictions that prevent the organization from displaying the child’s photo or any videos of the child online.
For these specific countries, sponsored children’s photos will be shared only with their individual sponsors. Out of respect for these countries, we have been asked that we do not post or share pictures of our sponsored children online in any manner.
The church has hard copies of both Joman's and Rihana's photographs and will be glad to share them with you, upon request.
Joman I lives with his parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is a miner. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family's needs.
Joman I is growing up in a rural community in the Philippines. A typical home is constructed of bamboo with woven grass walls. The floor is made of wooden slats and the roof is covered with palm leaves. Families survive mostly on rice and fish with leafy vegetables. The climate is very warm, humid and tropical. Because of this, the terrain is lush with vegetation.
Joman I is in primary school and he enjoys mathematics. He helps at home with the house cleaning. He likes to play basketball. He is in satisfactory health.
Our sponsorship commitment will help provide Joman I and his community with clean water, school uniforms and inoculations against deadly diseases. Our support provides feeding programs for undernourished children and hygiene training for mothers. Agricultural training for farmers and small business loans help provide increased family income and a chance to become self-sufficient. Vacation Bible school gives children a chance to know Jesus.
Rihana lives with her parents, one sister, and one brother. Her parents struggle to provide for the family.
Rihana is growing up in the mountainous country of Albania. The village is very rural and poor. The villagers' single floor homes are constructed of stones and sometimes logs or sticks, with mud for mortar. Farmers grow citrus fruit and vegetables. Bread and dairy products are also staple foods. This is a beautiful country with forests, mountains and lakes. Summers are hot and dry but the winters are cold.
Rihana is not in school at this time. She likes to play basketball. He helps at home by being good; and she is in satisfactory health.
Our sponsorship commitment will help provide Rihana and her community with better health by teaching families and health providers to address poor health and nutrition. Our support will help her parents earn a steady income and encourage Rihana to get a high quality education. And World Vision staff will reflect Christ's love to the children like Rihana through their actions and lives.
...Please pray for Joman and Rihana, and keep the special Sunday School offerings coming!
(Since 2013, we had been sponsoring now-13-year-old Elida, before we were assigned to Rihana just before the end of 2016. The reason Elida became ineligible for continued sponsorship through World Vision is that her family has moved away from her previous community. We are glad we could send tokens of our love to Elida over the past 3 1/2 years, and will continue to keep her and her family in our prayers.)
Peters Township Food Pantry
The food pantry has 65 families on its books and has been servicing 59 families monthly. Food distribution is held on the second Friday of every month. Any kind of nonperishable food items are accepted, as well as baking products, paper products, shampoo, toothpaste and other personal care items. Monetary gifts are always welcome and appreciated. Each family receives a 10-, 20- or 30-dollar Giant Eagle gift card monthly, depending on the size of the family.
We are happy to help support such a worthwhile cause. The Food Pantry can be reached at (724) 942-0594 if you are able to volunteer, or if you know anyone who needs this assistance.
Washington City Mission
The Washington City Mission provides much needed assistance through such programs as their Men’s Shelter and Recovery Program, the Avis Arbor Women's and Children’s Shelter, their Hidden Treasure Stores in Canonsburg, Donora, Washington and Waynesburg, the James A. Arbuckle Medical Clinic, their Samaritan Services which include hot meals and food baskets, and their Last Chance Bargain Center.
Peters Creek Church has long been a provider of support to the many worthwhile programs of the Washington City Mission. Many members of our congregation have lovingly been involved with the successes of the Mission’s "Sweet Sunday" fundraising efforts, and with volunteering for countless hours for the services that have become a hallmark of help to the many who find themselves in need. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to support the Washington City Mission financially as one of our monthly designated missions.